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Tensions between Roma, extremists in Hungary



TOROKSZENTMIKLOS, Hungary (Reuters) – Several hundred radical nationalists, including extremists from extremist protests, protested Tuesday against a small city in eastern Hungary against what they call "Roma crime".

Members of senior nationalist groups participate in a protest against criminal attacks by youth in Torokszentmiklos in Hungary on May 21, 2019. REUTERS / Bernadett Szabo

In the town of Torokszentmiklos, east of Budapest, a few hundred Roma, for Mostly men, held a counter-protest in memory of the killing of innocent Roma in a series of shootings a decade ago, traumatized the country and helped give rise to the political far right.

Although there was no violence on Tuesday, the groups were postponed in a way that has largely been invisible in recent years, after a turbulent and sometimes violent period shook Roman-Hungarian ties in a decade ago.

A new political group called Our Homeland Movement, an offshoot of the former right-wing party Jobbik, urged the radicals of the Radicals, who undiluted the city's large and mostly poor Roma communities.

The root cause was last month's struggle between a Roma man and non-Roma in a bar captured on video by a person and spread through social media by our homeland president Laszlo Toroczkai. It had more than 200,000 followers on Facebook.

Facebook closes Toroczkai & # 39; s side in response to his call for protest and says it had violated a protected minority.

The extremist movement was founded last year by former members of Jobbik, a celebration that stood prominently a decade ago on a hardline anti-Roma message.

"The allegedly fearful Roma threaten us all," told the Toroczkai demonstrators, including hundreds of shaved, tattooed men in uniform black clothes. "What I see are thousands of Hungarian compatriots living in fear of these criminals."

After Jobbik had not weakened the ruling Fidesz party's lock in power last year, Toroczkai stopped and formed Our Homeland, which ally with open Nazi and ultra-radical fringe groups, and calls on the government to step up against "gypsy" – a concept that was once prepared by Jobbik.

Roma residents of Torokszentmiklos rejected wholesale criminalization of all because of few violations.

They said they suspected the police behind Toroczkai 's presence, as our homeland is one of nine parties running for representation in the European Parliament on Sunday elections. The ruling Fidesz party is expected to score a major victory in the vote.

"For Toroczkai to enlarge personal crimes, it's just a political step," said Roman activist Lajos Balogh. "There are no collective crimes. But Toroczkai wants to attract former Jobbik voters."

Reporting Marton Dunai; Editing by Dan Grebler

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